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Duckling Day 2017 Hosted by Friends of the Public Garden

  • Boston Common – Parkman Bandstand (map)

Duckling Day 2017

(Maybe the most adorable day in Boston!!)


The Friends of the Public Garden, in association with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, celebrates Mother’s Day with Boston-area families during its annual Duckling Day event. We look forward to seeing you there!

A beloved tradition for more than 30 years, Duckling Day celebrates the children’s classic book, “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. Every year, over 1,000 people meet up and parade through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story. Led by the Harvard Marching Band, the parade will begin on the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and end in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculptures. Bring your camera – the parade is possibly the most adorable thing you’ll ever see!

Prior to the parade will be Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment including crafts, face painters, and a magician. Climb and jump with the Knucklebones crew. All families are welcome to decorate their wagons or strollers, bring a picnic, and enjoy springtime on the Common!

Duckling Day Quick Facts:
Save the Date:  Sunday, May 14, 2017
Boston Common – Parkman Bandstand
Hosted by the Friends of the Public Garden

  • 10:00 a.m. – Registration/check-in begins

  • 10:00 a.m. – Playtime on the Common begins

  • 11:45 a.m. – Executive Director Liz Vizza greets families

  • 12:00 p.m. – Parade begins  

Registration fee: $35 per family in advance; $40 per family at the event.

Location: Boston Common – Parkman Bandstand